Friday, April 19

NBA trade: Grading Clippers-Blazers deal

With the trade deadline less than a week away, the Clippers are striking early. Los Angeles acquired Norman Powell and Robert Covington from the Blazers in exchange for Justise Winslow, Eric Bledsoe, Keon Johnson and a second-round pick Friday, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Powell, 28, signed a five-year, $90 million contract last summer which takes him through 2026. Covington, 31, will be a free agent after this season. The Blazers, with Damian Lillard out for the foreseeable future, currently occupy the last play-in spot in the West. This trade essentially signals a tank for PDX. Bledsoe’s contract is guaranteed for only $3.9 million next season, while Winslow, 25, is signed for roughly $4 million. Johnson, a first-round pick in 2021, has appeared in only 15 games this season. Let’s grade the deal for both sides.

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